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Town meeting: 

May 7 

Town election: 

May 14 

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Community News for Sheffield & Ashley Falls, MA SECOND GENERATION Special Election Supplement APRIL 20 1 2 



SHEFFIELD'S 2012 ELECTION & TOWN MEETING 



Sheffield's annual Town Meeting on Monday, May 7, gives residents 
a chance to participate directly in democracy Only registered voters 
can vote at the meeting, but all are welcome to experience this time- 
honored New England tradition. The meeting will take place at the 
auditorium at Mt. Everett Regional High School at 7pm. 

In the Town Election to be held on May 14, there is one 
contested race on the ballot. Betty LeGeyt, the incumbent, and 
Frances E. Roth are vying for one open seat as Library Trustee. 

Every year, one of the three positions on Sheffield's Board of 
Selectmen is up for election. This year, it's the seat now held by 
Rene Wood, who is running unopposed. 

Other positions to be voted on are Town Moderator, where 
Bruce Person is again running unopposed. Two positions on the 



Planning Board are on the ballot, and two candidates are run- 
ning: Peter ChernefF, who has been on the board for one term, 
and Maria Nation, who was recently appointed to fill out the 
term of Christopher Tomich, who resigned. 

Profiles and pictures of the candidates, written and compiled 
by the Sheffield Times as a public service, are on pages 6 and 7. 

Warrant highlights 

Much of this year's warrant covers familiar ground. Every 
year, funds must be appropriated to meet Town needs for the 
coming fiscal year (Articles 1 and 2). The request for Fiscal 

Year 2013, which begins July 1, would increase the overall 

Continued on page 2 



ANNUAL TOWN MEETING WARRANT 

To the Constables of the Town of Sheffield in said County of Berkshire, 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby directed to notify and warn the Inhabitants of the Town 
of Sheffield, qualified to vote in Town affairs, to meet in the auditorium of the Mount Everett Regional High School on Berkshire 
School Road in Sheffield on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 7:00 P.M. for the following purposes: 

ARTICLE 1: To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, such sums of money 
as listed below, and as may be amended, necessary to defray the expenses of the Town for Fiscal Year 2013, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 



Moderator 


$ 


214 


Police Department 


$435,398 


American Legion 


$ 500 


Selectmen's Office 


$156,552 


Fire Department 


$ 44,749 


Care of Soldiers' Graves 


$ 1 ,400 


Board of Assessors 


$ 


96,720 


Inspectional Services 


$ 60,500 


Ashley Falls Historic Dist. Comm. 


$ 50 


Treasurer/Collector 


$153,891 


Fire Hydrants 


$ 18,091 


Agricultural Commission 


$ 250 


Town Clerk 


$ 


55,487 


Animal Control 


$ 8,700 


Interest on Loans 


$ 1 


Elections & Registration 


$ 


21,300 


Highway Department 


$581,354 


Berkshire County Retirement 


$ 1 77,082 


Conservation Commission 


$ 


7,093 


Streetlights 


$ 11,000 


Worker's Compensation 


$ 18,500 


Planning Board 


$ 


11,354 


Board of Health 


$ 14,551 


Unemployment Comp. Fund 


$ 1 


Economic Development Comm. 


$ 





Visiting Nurse Association 


$ 4,200 


Group Health (32B) Insurance 


$336,000 


Zoning Board of Appeals 


$ 


2,035 


Council on Aging 


$ 42,263 


Employer Medicare 


$ 21,000 


Town Buildings & Grounds 


$127,425 


Veterans Benefits 


$ 27,000 


Financial Audit 


$ 12,000 


Town Report & Communications 


$ 


6,500 


Library 


$159,665 


Insurance & Bonding 


$ 69,000 


Legal Services 


$ 


25,000 


Historical Commission 


$ 






Dispatch Services 


$ 


8,307 


Memorial Day 


$ 750 


Continued on pave 3 



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Community Newsletter for 
Sheffield & Ashley Falls, MA 

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Distribution: Trudy Weaver Miller 

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Fred Gordon, Gillian Hettinger, 

Judy Schumer, Ellen Weiss, 
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Sheffield, MA 01257 

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Working since 2001 to foster communication 

among the people, businesses and organizations 

of Sheffield and Ashley Falls 

Tlu'.s special edition is mailed to all in Sheffield as a 
public service by the Sheffield Association. 



HIGHLIGHTS, continued from page 1 



operating budget by 1.7 percent. 

Most amounts requested for town 
departments and expenses are equal or 
within a few hundred or thousand of 
what they were in FY 2012. The amount 
budgeted for Inspectional Services is up 
by some $15,000 to pay for updates to 
recently purchased permitting software. 
The amount for Legal Services has 
increased by $13,500 because the new 
town counsel charges hourly instead of by 
yearly retainer. 

The Town's Finance Committee 
(David Steindler, Chair; Colin Smith, 
Vice Chair; John James; Judith Schnurr; 
Dave Macy) has reviewed the warrant 
and recommends approval of almost all 
the articles. It deferred to the Planning 
Board on Articles 27 and 29, which relate 
to zoning, and made no recommendation 
on Article 30. If all the articles pass, the 
committee estimates that the tax rate will 
be $13.13 per thousand of assessed valua- 
tion, compared with $12.84 for FY 2012. 
Of that amount, $9.22 would go to the 
school, $3.82 to town costs and 9 cents to 
state and other costs. 

School-related articles 

Sheffield pays about 50 percent of 
the Southern Berkshire Regional School 
Districts operating and capital budgets, 
per the agreement among the five towns in 
the district — Alford, Egremont, Monterey, 
New Marlborough and Sheffield. Article 
3 would let the district collect the towns' 
shares in February instead of March, avoid- 
ing the need for short-term borrowing. 

The school's operating budget for 
FY13 is up 1.3 percent from the previ- 
ous year, increasing Sheffield's share — 
$5,888,727— by some $76,000. Sheffield's 
share of the school's capital budget is 
$223,632, up from the minimal amount 
requested in last year's budget, when the 
district had hoped to use bond money for 
capital improvements (Article 5). Money 
is also being asked to pay for vocational 
education tuition ($60,000; Article 6). 

Town improvements and equipment 

The town is asking for $12,000 to buy 
a York rake and mower for the Highway 



Dept. (Article 15) and another $10,000 
to rent equipment for that department 
(Article 19). The Town is also looking to 
establish "stabilization funds" — in essence, 
savings accounts — to purchase expensive 
equipment like a highway department 
truck and a fire truck in the future 
(Articles 24 and 25). 

Several articles appropriate money for 
repairs and upkeep: $50,000 to paint the 
exterior of Town Hall (Article 17); $29,000 
to replace guardrails (Article 21); $21,700 
for replacing carpets and a door at the 
Library (Article 22); and $50,000 for gen- 
eral repairs to town buildings (Article 23). 

The warrant includes $8,000 for 
technology items (computers, software 
and such; Article 20) and $73,000 for the 
Town's Reserve Fund, which is held for 
extraordinary or unforeseen expenditures 
(Article 13). 

Article 26 sets up revolving funds for 
the plumbing, gas, electrical and fire safety 
inspectors and the Board of Health — 
agencies that, because they collect fees, can 
be self-supporting. 

Other changes 

Article 27 refers to the long-awaited 
revision of the Town's sign by-law, on 
which the Planning Board's By-law Review 
Committee has been working for months. 
The full text, three times the length of the 
current by-law, is available from Town Hall. 
With extensive definitions and specifics, 
the new by-law clarifies what's allowed 
where and includes a new definition of how 
distance from the ground is measured. 

Article 28 would allow residents to 
purchase electricity from a supplier that 
would lock in the price for a set number 
of years (National Grid would still be the 
distributor and repair service). 

Articles by petition 

In addition to articles prepared by 
the town government, articles can also 
be added by petition. This year, diere are 
two. Article 29 concerns nonconforming 
structures, and Article 30 puts Sheffield 
on record as supporting a constitutional 
amendment banning corporations from 
spending money on politics. 



TOWN WARRANT, continued from page 1 



ARTICLE 2: To see if the Town will vote to fix the com- ARTICLE 9: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
pensation of the following elected officers of the Town for appointment of members of the Board of Selectmen to any 
Fiscal Year 2013, as required by Chapter 41, Section 108 of the office or position under their supervision at no additional corn- 
General Laws; Moderator, $214 Selectmen, Chairman $2,3H; pensation in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 268A, 
Selectmen, two members at $1,999 each, or take any other Section 21 A of the General Laws, or take any other action 
action relative thereto. relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 3: To see if the Town will vote to amend the first ARTICLE 10: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 

Restatement of the Regional Agreement of the Southern Berk- Board of Health to employ any of its members as Title 5 and 

shire Regional School District as follows: To amend Article Perc Test Witnesses for Septic System Inspections, Sanitation 

IV, subparagraph "h" of the first Restatement of the Regional Inspections, and Public Health Nurse Services for Fiscal Year 

Agreement to read in its entirety as follows: 2013 at rates and salaries to be determined by the Board of 

Selectmen, or take any other action relative thereto, 
h. Each Member Town shall make payment for its respec- 
tive share of the District's estimated annual operating ARTICLE 11: To see if the Town will vote to authorize 
and transportation costs upon certification by the district theTreasurer/Collector to sell, with the approval of the Board 
treasurer as specified in section 8(b) below, such payment of Selectmen, any parcel or parcels of real estate which have 
to be made by the respective town treasurer in four equal been or may be acquired through the foreclosure of tax title, or 
installments on the fifteenth day of August, November, take any other action relative thereto. 
February and May, by check payable to the District. 

ARTICLE 12: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 

In all other respects the first Restatement of the Regional appropriate or transfer from available funds $26,053 to pay 

Agreement of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District principal and interest on the bonded indebtedness authorized 

shall remain in full force and effect. by Town Meeting vote of January 30, 1995, or take any other 

action relative thereto. 
ARTICLE 4: To see if the Town will vote to approve the 

Southern Berkshire Regional School District Operating and ARTICLE 13: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 

Transportation Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 and vote to raise appropriate, or transfer from available funds, $73,000 to 

and appropriate $5,888,727 to pay the Town's assessed share of provide for extraordinary or unforeseen expenditures under 

that budget, or take any other action relative thereto. the provisions of Chapter 40, Section 6 of the General Laws, 

known as the Reserve Fund, or take any other action relative 

ARTICLE 5: To see if the Town will vote to approve the thereto. 
Southern Berkshire Regional School District Capital Budget 

for Fiscal Year 2013 and vote to raise and appropriate $223,632 ARTICLE 14: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 

to pay the Town's assessed share of that budget, or take any appropriate or transfer from available funds $750 to the Emer- 

other action relative thereto. g en cy Response Fund, or take any other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 6: To see if the Town will vote to raise and ARTICLE 15: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or transfer from available funds $60,000 to pay for appropriate or transfer from available funds $12,000 to pur- 
vocational education tuition in Fiscal Year 2013, or take any chase a York rake and a mower for the Highway Department, 
other action relative thereto. or take any other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 7: To see if the Town will vote to raise and ARTICLE 16: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate and/or transfer from available funds, a sum of appropriate or transfer from available funds $25,000 to corn- 
money for the disposal and management of solid waste, or take pensate firefighters for training, or take any other action relative 
any other action relative thereto. thereto. 

ARTICLE 8: To see if the Town will vote to accept funds ARTICLE 17: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 

being provided by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under appropriate or transfer from available funds $50,000 for Town 

the provisions of Chapter 90 of the General Laws, to pay for Hall exterior painting, or take any other action relative thereto. 

such costs as allowed by appropriate legislation in connection 

with the maintenance, repair, and construction of Town ways ARTICLE 18: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 

and bridges, or take any other action relative thereto. Continued on page 4 



TOWN WARRANT, continued from page 3 



appropriate or transfer from available funds $10,000 for Tax 
Recertification, or take any other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 19: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or transfer from available funds $10,000 to rent 
equipment for the Highway Department, or take any other 
action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 20: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or transfer from available funds $8,000 to purchase 
up to date information technology hardware, software, and 
services, or take any other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 21: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or transfer from available funds $29,000 for guard- 
rail replacements, or take any other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 22: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or transfer from available funds $21,700 to replace 
carpets and a door at the Library, or take any other action rela- 
tive thereto. 

ARTICLE 23: To see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate or transfer from available funds $50,000 for Town 
building repairs, improvements, and furnishing to include but 
not be limited to the Town Hall, Library, and Police Station, or 
take any other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 24: To see if the Town will vote to establish a 
Highway Truck Stabilization Fund and to transfer $50,000 
from available funds into such Stabilization Fund, or take any 
other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 25: To see if the Town will vote to transfer from 
available funds $100,000 into the Fire Truck Stabilization 
Fund, or take any other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 26: To see if the Town will vote to authorize the 
use of the following revolving funds for departmental opera- 
tions which shall not exceed the noted sums for each fund, 
which shall be under the control of the Town Treasurer, which 
shall be accounted for separately, and to which shall be credited 
only the receipts received in connection with the departmental 
operations supported by the revolving fund; further to autho- 
rize the Town Treasurer to expend from such funds in accor- 
dance with Chapter 44, Section 53 E 1/2 of the General Laws, 
provided however that said expenditures for the revolving funds 
shall not exceed the receipts for said fund: 



Plumbing Inspector 
Gas Inspector 
Electrical Inspector 
Fire Safety Inspector 
Board of Health 



$10,000 
$10,000 
$10,000 
$10,000 
$15,000 



or take any other action relative thereto. 



ARTICLE 27: To see if the Town will vote to amend 1 Section 
6.2 of the Zoning By-laws, as proposed by the Planning Board, 
all as set forth in the document on file in the Office of the Town 
Clerk, or take any other action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 28: To see if the Town will vote, pursuant to 
G.L. c.164, §134(a), to authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
initiate the process to aggregate the electric load of interested 
electricity consumers within the Town of Sheffield and enter 
into agreements for services to facilitate the sale and purchase 
of electric energy and other related services, or to take any other 
action relative thereto. 

ARTICLE 29: (By Petition) To see if the Town will vote to 
amend the Zoning By-laws as follows, or take any other action 
relative thereto: 

Strike in their entirety Section 5.3 Variance Required and 5.4 
Nonconforming Single and Two-Family Residential Structures and 
replace with new Sections 5.3 and 5.4 as follows: 

Section 5.3 Variance Required 

Subject to Section 5.4, the alteration, reconstruction, exten- 
sion, or structural change of a nonconforming structure, 
if and to the extent the same increases the nonconforming 
nature of such structure, creates a new nonconformity and 
may be substantially more detrimental than the existing 
nonconforming structure to the neighborhood, shall require 
the issuance of a variance by the Zoning Board of Appeals 
instead of a Special Permit pursuant to Section 5.2 

Section 5.4 Nonconforming Single and Two-Family Resi- 
dential Dwellings 

No Special Permit shall be required if alteration, reconstruc- 
tion, extension or structural change does not increase the 
nonconformity of the structure or creates a new noncon- 
formity. A nonconforming single or two family residential 
structure may be altered, reconstructed, extended, structur- 
ally changed and may increase the nonconformity or create 
a new nonconformity by issuance of a Special Permit by the 
Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals 
shall determine that said project would not be substantially 
more detrimental than the existing nonconforming structure 
to the neighborhood. Upon such finding, the granting of the 
Special Permit shall void the requirement for issuance of a 
variance. 

ARTICLE 30: (By Petition) The First Amendment of the 
Constitution was designed to protect the free-speech rights 
of individuals ("natural persons") not corporations. Recent 
United States Supreme Court decisions have opened the 
door for corporations to make unlimited expenditures for 
advocacy in favor or against political candidates and issues. 
Many see this development as not only a further erosion of 
the influences of individuals in the political process, also as 



- in essence - a corporate takeover of the First Amendment. 

This ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, has already unleashed a 
torrent of corporate money in our political process unmatched 
by any campaign expenditure totals in the history of this great 
nation; therefore, this ruling represents a serious and direct 
threat to our democracy "Of the people, by the people and for 
the people." The people of the United States have used the con- 
stitutional amendment process to correct harmful decisions of 



the U.S. Supreme Court that go to the heart of our democracy 
and self government. It is for this reason that we present the fol- 
lowing resolution to the voters of Sheffield. Be it resolved that 
the voters of Sheffield, Massachusetts, call upon the United 
States Congress to pass and send to the States for ratification, 
a Constitutional Amendment banning corporations, limited 
liability corporations and any other corporate entities from all 
and any expenditure of funds for political speech and elections, 
or if not, to at least regulate such with punitive assurances. 



You are also directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Sheffield, qualified to vote in Town elections, to meet in 
the Senior Center on 25 Cook Road in Sheffield on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM then and there to bring in their votes for 
the election of the following Town officers: 



One Moderator for one year 

One Library Trustee for three years 



One Selectmen for three years 

Two Planning Board members for three years 



All of said officers to be voted for on the official ballots furnished at the polls. The polls will be opened at 7:00 AM and closed at 
7:00 PM. 

You are directed to serve this Warrant by posting an attested copy in seven public places in the Town, not less than seven days 
before the date of said meeting. 

Ti&V&Oi J-folA/ VXCft, and make return of this Warrant to the Town Clerk, with your doings thereon, at or before the time of 
said meeting. Given under our hands and the Seal of the Town of Sheffield this eighteenth day of April in the year of our Lord 
Two Thousand and Twelve. 



BOARD OF SELECTMEN: 

Uene/C. Wood/ 



Julie/M. Havwuun/ 



Vow id/ A . S vmth, Jr. 



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BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Term: Three years 
Seats open: One 

Rene Wood 

Rene Wood is seeking a second term on 
the Board of Selectmen and is running 
unopposed. Previously, she served six years 
on the Planning Board, four as chairman. 
A Sheffield resident since 1997, Rene 

is a member of 
Kiwanis and 
volunteers at the 
Sheffield His- 
torical Society, 
Christ Church 
Episcopal/Trin- 
ity Lutheran 
Church and the 
Sheffield Land 
Trust. She is 
married to Den- 
nis Sears. She enjoys gardening, traveling, 
being in the kitchen and spending time 
with family and friends. Her work experi- 
ence includes teacher, consultant and more 
than 20 years in information technology 
sales, marketing and management. 

Rene is currently the Board's represen- 
tative on the Board of Health; alternate 
delegate to Berkshire Regional Planning 
Commission (BRPC) and chair of its 
commission development committee; 
a member of the policy committee on 
energy and environment of the Massachu- 
setts Municipal Association (MM A); and 
the Town's delegate to the Massachusetts 
Broadband Initiative and Wired West. 

For the past year, Rene has served as 
chair of the Board of Selectmen. In that 
position, she has led the Board in continu- 
ing to request more state funding for the 
Town, chiefly for education and road 
improvements. The Board has also fought 
to retain existing Town rights, such as local 
control of permitting for wind turbines 
and other green energy projects and, most 
recently, local tax assessments on these 
same projects. The Board has been suc- 
cessful in expanding Time Warner Cable 
service and is active in Massachusetts' 
broadband initiative and GE's cleanup of 
the Housatonic River. 

Rene considers the Town's finances 
to be well managed. The School budget 
proposed this year is basically level-funded 
except for a needed increase in the capital 
budget. The Town's school assessment 



reflects continued decreases in state 
aid and changes in the school funding 
formula, both of which are outside the 
Town's immediate control. The Town itself 
has worked to control expenses. She still 
hopes residents will get to vote on school 
consolidation and is pleased to see this 
issue hasn't been dropped. 

When issues have arisen with residents, 
Rene tries to work them through with the 
Board and any affected town department, 
noting that sometimes it isn't possible to 
have everyone satisfied and emotions can 
run high. This is one of the hardest parts of 
being a Selectman, she says. 

"Being a selectman is an interesting 
and important job," she says. "It requires 
working with a lot of people — the Town 
Administrator, Town employees, both 
paid and volunteer, the School Committee, 
nearby Towns' selectmen and Sheffield's 
elected state and Congressional represen- 
tatives. It's also important to work with 
organizations such as BRPC and MMA 
that can help Sheffield." 

In coming years, Rene would like to 
continue her focus on creating a more 
inclusive and open town government; 
encouraging targeted economic develop- 
ment and making Sheffield more afford- 
able to all generations; and prudent fiscal 
management. She is interested in address- 
ing infrastructure issues, the possibility 
of more shared or automated services and 
expanding Senior Center usage. 



PLANNING BOARD 

Term: Three years 
Seats open: One 



Peter Cherneff 

Peter Cherneff is running unopposed 
for his second term as a member of the 
Planning Board. 

A graduate of Columbia College and 
Columbia University Law School, Peter is 
a practicing attorney and member of the 




& Cherneff in 
White Plains, 
NY. For the 
last 30 years, 
his practice has 
focused on real 
estate, planning, 
development, 
zoning, environ- 
mental and land- 
use issues. Much 
of his work has been with planning boards 
in towns throughout the Northeast and 
across the country. His career has given 
him a broad range of experience, having 
served in the U.S. Navy as a Military Judge 
and Counsel and worked in a large New 
York law firm as a commercial litigator 
as well as establishing and managing a 
40-person firm in Westchester County. 
Peter's wife, Hester Velmans, is an 
author and a translator of novels from 
Dutch and French to English. Both 



TOWN MODERATOR 
Term: One year 
Seats open: One 

Bruce Person 

Bruce Person has served as Sheffield's 
Town Moderator for the last 23 years 

and is running 
unopposed. 
Born in 
Meriden, CT, 
Bruce gradu- 
ated from the 
University of 
Connecticut 
at Storrs in 
1965 and Tufts 
University 
School of 
Dental Medicine in 1969. He came to 
Sheffield in 1971 after serving in the 




Air Force for two years and has lived 
here ever since. He practiced dentistry in 
Great Barrington for 33 years and is now 
retired. Bruce served as chairman of the 
Berkshire District Dental Society. He has 
two adult sons and four grandchildren. 

In addition to serving as Moderator, 
Bruce is also Town Constable, a former 
chairman of the Southern Berkshire 
Regional School District School Com- 
mittee and trustee of Berkshire School. 
He was also very involved with the Great 
Barrington Rotary Club, receiving the 
Paul Harris Fellow award, and was a 
founder and long-time chairman of its 
Student Assistance Fund. 

Bruce looks forward to the Town's 
Annual Meeting. He attempts to mod- 
erate it in a non-confrontational way, 
respecting all opinions. "It is my aim," he 
said, "that everyone goes home friends." 



Peter's and Hester's families have lived 
in Sheffield for over 30 years; Peter and 
Hester were one of the first couples to 
be married by the then-Justice of the 
Peace Natalie Funk in Town Hall. The 
couple has two children, Anya, 28, a 
co-founder of Empower Generation, 
which supplies renewable energy to 
remote villages in Nepal, and Nick, 26, 
who lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 
and works as a screenwriter and college 
entrance- exam instructor. 

Peter has extensive experience as a 
member of both local committees and 
charitable groups. He served as a member 
of Sheffield's Master Plan Implementa- 
tion Advisory Committee and its Hous- 
ing subcommittee. He is a former mem- 
ber of the board of directors of Gould 
Farm and the Sheffield Land Trust. He 
presently serves as a member of the board 
of directors of Construct, Inc., a South 
County organization working to provide 
housing and shelter to those in need. 
He also currently serves on the boards 
of several other charitable organizations 
headquartered in New York. 

When asked his reason for running 
for the Planning Board seat, Peter said, "I 



believe in giving back to the community in 
which I live as best I can. It would be an 
honor and a privilege if I can help to keep 
Sheffield a good place to live for all of my 
neighbors." 

Maria Nation 

Maria Nation is running unopposed for 

her first term as 
a member of the 
Planning Board. 

Maria has 
been a hom- 
eowner and full- 
time resident 
of Ashley Falls 
since 1996. She 
is a screenwriter 
of scores of 
movies for 
television, including mini-series (Salem 
Witch Trials, The Road Taken, etc), adap- 
tations (Blue Moon, Blue River, Wuthering 
Heights, etc.), biography pictures (Love 
Sick, Ice Bound) and true crime (The Two 
Mr. Kissels). She is currently at work 
on a miniseries about the life of Grace 
Kelly. She is on the Advisory Board for 
the Berkshire International Film Festival. 




Until recently, she was a trustee for the 
Berkshire Botanical Garden and is ex-vice 
president of New York Women in Film. 

Her partner is Roberto Flores, a 
farmer who grows organic vegetables and 
fruits on their eight-acre farm. A lover 
of animals, a serious cook, and an avid 
gardener, Maria cares deeply about the 
health of the land, the health of our bod- 
ies and the health of our community — 
and believes there is an interconnected- 
ness between these things. 

She is running for the Planning Board 
because she feels serving the community 
in any way is an obligation of all who are 
lucky enough to call Sheffield home. 



Sheffield's Annual Town Meet- 
ing Mon., May 7, 7pm 
Mt. Everett Regional High School 

Town Election 

Mon., May 1 4, 9am to 7pm 
Sheffield Senior Center 



LIBRARY TRUSTEE 

Term: Three years 
Seats open: One 



Betty LeGeyt 

Betty LeGeyt is a candidate for 
re-election to the Board of Library 

Trustees, where 
she has served 
for 18 years. 

Betty grew 
up in Lynn, MA, 
and attended 
Boston Univer- 
sity. She moved 
to Sheffield in 
1963 to be the 
minister at the 
Sheffield and 
Ashley Falls Methodist churches. She 
retired from her work there in 2011. 
Betty has four grown children and 
eight grandchildren and lives with her 
husband, Dick, on their dairy farm on 
LeGeyt Rd. 

Betty is very pleased with the new 
dimensions that have been added to the 




library during Nancy Hahn's tenure. She 
currently is serving on the Library's Long 
Range Planning Committee, a process 
she strongly supports. Betty feels that 
the current Trustees work well together 
and are in a good position to make the 
Library's continued growth a reality. 

Frances E* Roth 

Frances E. Roth is a candidate for elec- 
tion to the Board of Library Trustees. 
Frances moved to Sheffield from 

Northport on 
Long Island in 
2010. She has 
been delighted 
to be living 
here, where she 
already had 
good friends. 
She loves the 
area, particularly 
its peace and 
quiet. When she 
moved here she retired from a position 
with Nikon, where she managed content 
for its website and helped create an 




iPhone application for the company. 

Francis says that the first thing she 
did after moving to Sheffield was to get 
a Library card. She has been active in 
Library affairs, helping to organize last 
year's Local Authors Day, cleaning up the 
Library's database and helping produce 
fliers for the event. A published poet, she 
helped to organize the Library's ongoing 
poetry read-arounds, and she joined the 
knitting group that meets at the Library. 

Francis is passionate about the impor- 
tance of libraries to small communities like 
Sheffield. Because she believes it is impor- 
tant for the Library to plan for its future, 
she is serving on its Long Range Planning 
Committee. Things she would like to 
see the Library expand on: programs for 
teenagers, educational materials, eBooks 
and audio books. She hopes people know 
that they can do business with the Library 
on line. "It's not necessary to come to the 
library to get a book!" 

Given her love for browsing in librar- 
ies, she notes that her main concern is to 
discipline herself. "I have six books I'm 
trying to read!" 




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Monday, May 7, 7pm 
Mt. Everett Regional High School 

Sheffield s Town Election 

Monday May 14, 9am to 7pm 
Sheffield's Senior Center 



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SAVE THE DATE! 

Sheffield in Celebration 

& the Sheffield Fair 

Saturday, September 8, noon to 5pm, 

at the Sheffield Town Park 

If you'd like to help, call Kathy Orlando at 229-8789, 

email sheffieldfair@gmail.com or write the Sheffield Fair, 

P.O.Box I 339, Sheffield, MA 01 257